As England prepares to introduce a charge for plastic bags - long after many other countries - the latest research into plastic in the oceans remains very worrying.
The French maritime field grew of almost 500,000 km2 thanks to the last recent of the continental shelf off the coast of Martinique and Guadeloupe, French Guyana, New Caledonia and the Kerguelen Islands.
Sapetro and Marex Petroleum oil companies will be able to keep on prospection off Juan de Nova 's coasts. This idyllic islet of 5 km² under the French Pavilion of Eparses Islands, is located in the Mozambique Channel. The companies have forced the French Ministry of Ecology to renew their license of exclusive hydrocarbon exploration in an area of 52,000 km2 that could provide 10 years of French Metropolitan oil consumption.
U.S. scientists have called for international cooperation to preserve the ecosystems of the deep seabed, whose mineral wealth and fisheries are coveted by manufacturers.
Taiwan Forestry Office announced the creation of a sanctuary to protect the white dolphin of China, an endangered humpback dolphin species. Set up by the end of June, the sanctuary will cover 76,300 hectares along the west coast of the island.
Second tourist destination in the world for manta, Indonesia has created the largest sanctuary in the world to protect this fascinating sea creature is as popular amongst divers for their grace than amongst Chinese for their gills.
Located in Corsica, MYRTE experimental platform has set up the Greenergy Box, a new storage system and energy management developed by Areva. Operating on a coupling of solar panels with a system of hydrogen storage and fuel cell, this installation aims to solve the problems of intermittent solar energy.
With his steel trunk of 8 meters high and its branches from 80 to 100 plastic sheets that serve as mini wind turbines, "l'Arbre à Vent" revolutionizes the traditional image of wind turbines. Aesthetic and silent, this technological innovation offers a new reliable source of energy on a human scale which should promote energy independence of consumers.
Researchers at University of California Berkeley have developed a carpet that will convert waves into usable energy. The team is looking for funding to develop the first pilot plant into the ocean and convince its benefits.